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Effective Pigments

Wet Mud
You can simply make areas of wet mud on your model by brushing on some clear gloss over the damp mud. I would recommend focusing the wet mud primarily to the track and randomly to the running gear. The last picture shows a Russian StuG III hybrid with areas of dry, damp and wet mud all working together. The layers of mud on this StuG III were applied using methods identical to the ones just discussed.

The difference in the two finishes can be seen in the photo of the completed wheels and of the two completed sets of tracks. How much mud you apply will depend on how much you observe in the photo that has influenced your current build. The example of the T-34 might be a little more uncommon. Sometimes, although rare, no damp or wet mud will be needed.

Often I will find a specific AFV that I want to construct because of an interesting camouflage or other unique detail. I will then simply try to find another photo with the same type of AFV containing more or sometimes less earth tones and mud. This will allow me an interesting build, a unique paint scheme and lively weathering. I included a few other photos of some work I have recently completed. Although without tracks, the NATO Front End loader was weathered using identical techniques as discussed in this article. The earth colors on this model were referenced from color photos of Golf War vehicles. I also included a full view of the Soviet StuG III hybrid briefly discussed at the end of the second part of this article. If you have any questions or comments or thoughts please send an E-mail to me at: [email protected]

Thank you…. I would like to thank Tim Eckfold, Andy Lock, and Ralph Koziarski for encouraging me to write this article. I would like to thank my father Jeff for his guidance with editing the text.

Thank you
Adam N. P. Wilder
Navarra Spain
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